Digimon Survive Cover
Digimon Survive Cover

Often being asked with this question, I decided to make an article about it. So to answer your question about Digimon Survive being open world, the answer is no. So what is Digimon Survive? Read this short article to know more.

Is Digimon Survive Open World?

Not An Open World Game

Digimon Survive Open World

As mentioned above, Digimon Survive is not an open world game. Unlike its famous (and classic) predecessors, Digimon Survive is more on the rails. As it is a visual novel, you get to read a lot and view the game’s events from the eyes of the protagonist, Takuma, and his adventures inside the mysterious realm with odd monsters.


Wait, So What’s A Visual Novel?

A Visual Novel (VN) is akin to reading comic books on-screen, with sound and a bit of player choice here and there. A lot of visual novels are from Japan and if you’re into anime, you’d likely know that a few famous and prevalent ones started as visual novels.

So What Is Digimon Survive?

Digimon Survive Tactical RPG

Digimon Survive is a Visual Novel tacked with basic tactical RPG elements. Ever played a Tactical RPG like Final Fantasy Tactics? Imagine mixing 20% elements with 80% visual novel. Digimon Survive allows you, the player, to collect Digimon throughout the story. You can evolve these Digimon to help you in story battles or “Free Battles”. As this is a visual novel first and an TRPG second, you can turn essentially turn off the difficulty of battles to help you breeze through the story.

Is Digimon Survive Worth It?

Yes! But…

With dozens of hours of play, I can definitely say yes. But then again, your tastes may be very different from mine, especially for the “novel” part of visual novel. You’ll read a lot in this game. Although there are voice lines, some scenes are not voiced and you’ll definitely have to read through paragraphs and paragraphs of text to understand what’s happening. If you find that boring, then this game is not for you.

Digimon Survive Auto Battle

For the TRPG elements, while it has a good foundation, Digimon Survive is not as deep as the known classics. I even think of it and compare it to free mobile games sometimes. It is somewhat pretty basic and the difficulty is sometimes absent. It also doesn’t help that you can do unlimited farming for experience points while having the game play itself with Auto-Battle. So with that, you can have the game play itself until you get to the maximum level with minimum inputs from your end. You can also do Auto-Battles for boss fights, by the way.

Value Is Relative

Anyhow, value is relative and you best check out reviews first of Digimon Survive to see if it would fit your palate. Good reviews more or less filter out important key elements in the story which can greatly affect your enjoyment of the game, in my opinion. This game is very story heavy and spoiling yourself with the outcomes can drastically affect your experience with it.

Some Digimon Survive Guides

Digimon Survive is out for the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Get to know more about it here.